AP United States History Required Text: American Pageant
Independent Summer Work, 2009 Arco Master the American History AP Exam
Mr. Owens American Spirit Vol. II
The United States AP history course is designed to stimulate the historically interested student through the use of
essays, political cartoons, primary source readings, independent study, tests, quizzes and projects. Below are the
assignments needed to jump start the 2009-10 school year.
Students will read chapters 27 and 28 in the American Pageant textbook. The chapter titles are Empire and
Expansion and Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt.
Study the corresponding Arco vocabulary. Study Arco, Unit Six: 1865-1900 (pg. 123).
A vocabulary test will be given within the first month after returning to school. Do not wait to begin
studying the terms!
Students will copy and paste the chapter outlines from the Course-notes website and cross-reference the notes
with the Pageant chapters. Be sure to type complete notations for cross-references on course-note outlines or on
a separate piece of paper. Outlines will be checked along with the chapter packets the first day of school.
All packet glossary terms (chapters 27 and 28), should be typed and turned in on Tuesday, September 8th, the
first day of school. Cut and paste into a word document. Do not submit terms directly from the website.
They will not be accepted! These can be placed in your ring-binder. You are responsible for having a clear
understanding of the terms.
The student packets that accompany chapters 27 and 28 are included and are to be completed and submitted on
Tuesday, September 8th.
You are to write one DBQ and one FRQ essay for submission. One from each chapter (27 and 28). The documents
to be read are in the The American Spirit book. Below, you will find a list of topics from each chapter to choose
from. The essays must be typed (12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1’ margins for the top, bottom, left and right
margins) and placed in my mailbox by noon, July 10th. The essays can be submitted up until this date. No
essay will be submitted after as this is the last date the essays will be accepted. FOLLOW THE
DIRECTIONS FOR SUBMITTING ESSAYS (there is a document in the student packet).
Essays must be concise. All essays should be no longer than five to six paragraphs in length (remember
at minimum a paragraph must contain at least five or six sentences). Your thesis statement should be
stated at the end of the first paragraph. Successive paragraphs should prove or support your thesis statement.
The first sentence of the paragraph should contain the main idea which supports your thesis with consecutive
sentences providing details of the main idea.. All, should support your thesis. Finally, do not forget to cite the
information culled from the DBQ documents!!
Essay: Chapter 27: Empire and Expansion (1890-1909).
Spirit Readings: Read all the documents in this chapter. They pertain to the questions offered you.
Questions: Choose one of the four.
1. How did the United States get into the Spanish American War over the initial objections of President
2. What were some of the short and long-term results of the American acquisitions of the Philippines and
3. What were the causes and signs of America’s sudden turn toward international involvement at the end to the
4. How was United States overseas imperialism in 1898 similar to and different from earlier American
expansion across North America or “Manifest Destiny?” (See chapter 17, Pageant) Was this “new
imperialism” a fundamental departure from America’s traditions or simply a further extension of “westward
Essay: Chapter 28: Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt (1901-1912)
Spirit Readings: Read pp.199-213. They pertain to Roosevelt’s Progressive paradigm. While this is a FRQ, the
primary documents will give your essay greater depth. If you choose to use the documents, make sure to cite
them in your essay.
Questions: Choose one of three.
1. It has been said of Theodore Roosevelt that “he stood close to the center and bared his teeth at the conservatives
of the right and the liberals of the extreme left.” Do you think this an accurate judgment of Roosevelt’s politics?
Why or why not? To illustrate your argument, cite specific action taken by Roosevelt.
2. List the five most outstanding achievements of the Roosevelt presidency. Rank these five according to your
assessment of their importance. Justify your ranking.
3. Most active progressives were middle-class Americans. Why was progressive reform more attractive to them?
Reminder: Essays will be accepted up to noon, July 10th (in my mailbox). No essays will be accepted beyond the
Note: Other tests, quizzes and essays will be assigned as the term progresses